Critical Theory The Bell Jar

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Cambridge Intro- women were faced with the contradictory and seemingly irreconcilable demands
to be both clever and attractive, confident and submissive; to be high achievers yet to recognise that their greatest achievement would be marriage, children and home
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Stephanie Tsank - The Bell Jar as a symbol of
societies stifling constraints and befuddling mixed messages that trap Sylvia Plath's heroine, Esther Greenwood within its glass dome
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Dianne Bonds believes Esther's depression is an 'intolerable psychic
conflict produced by trying to meet cultural expectations of women
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Betty Friedman - I ask myself why I am so dissatisfied. Then you
wake up one morning and there's nothing to look forward to
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A.T Beck believes the narrator has a baby to display the 'very obvious sign of
conformity to the idealised feminine role common in mid-century America
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Cambridge Intro critic exemplifies Esther's opposition to children
Children make me sick
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David Holbrook - Esther has not really recovered
all that her therapy achieves is symbolised by the last chapter that blankets the asylum grounds...... treatment merely freezes her
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Cambridge Intro, Esther is described to be 'separated from the world around her
separated from other.... and crucially separated from herself
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Cambridge Intro - Pressure on young women to date
but to remain chaste, to study hard and to play hard
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Stephanie Tsank believes that society is the cause of Esther's mental illness
Society is making Esther sick
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Stephanine Tsank believes Esther is 'imprisoned
within her own mind
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Stephanie Tsank believes Esther has a 'skewed
perception of the world around her
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Stephanie Tsank - 'Esther's mother, is in fact a roadblock
to Esther's recovery....Esther's depression is certainly misunderstood by her mother
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Stephanie Tsank believes Esther 'tries and fails at
maintaining the perfectionist vision she has of her own womanhood
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Enotes- 'Plath feminises and
thus mocks Buddy'
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